5 things you might not know about the SheBelieves Cup

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The U.S. women’s team begins its 2017 season on March 1, when the second annual SheBelieves Cup gets under way. The tournament runs through March 7.

As in 2016, the other participants are England, France, and Germany.

Here’s the format: Each team plays the other three. The cup winner is determined by the final standings. (There’s no “championship game.”)

The games take place in three double-headers. Here the schedule:

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And here are five oddities, curiosities, or (possibly) interesting facts about the SheBelieves Cup:

 

1.

The Americans won the inaugural tournament last year with victories in all three of their matches. Germany finished second, England third, France fourth.

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Ali Krieger and Anja Mittag of Germany in the SheBelieves Cup, March 9, 2016. The United States won 2-1. (Joel Auerbach/AP)

 

2.

The United States is ranked No. 1 in the world, with Germany No. 2, France No. 3, and England No. 5.

This means that for the second time, the tournament comprises four of the world’s top five teams (all but Canada).

The next rankings don’t come out until March 24 — after the SheBelieves Cup.

3.

Fox is televising the USA-England match on March 4 (a Sunday). It will be the first USWNT game to air on network television since the 2015 World Cup final against Japan. (The U.S. matches against Germany on March 1 and France on March 7 will be on FS1, a Fox cable channel.)

4.

With Hope Solo in the net for every minute of last year’s tournament, the Americans conceded just one goal, in their 2-1 win over Germany.

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Jane Campbell

There are three goalkeepers on the training roster for this SheBelieves Cup: Solo’s former backups, Alyssa Naeher and Ashlyn Harris; plus newcomer Jane Campbell.

Campbell, an All-American from Stanford, was selected by the Houston Dash with the 15th pick in this year’s National Women’s Soccer League draft.

5.

The United States has a combined record of 45 wins, 8 losses and 10 draws against France (17-1-3), England (8-3-1) and Germany (20-4-7).

 

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